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Advanstar Auto

The Advanstar Automotive Group News Network provides business-to-business info for parts distributors, technicians, manufacturers, OEMs, car dealers and others involved with the auto aftermarket, performance and enthusiast segments, and collision repair. Viewers will find news reports from auto industry trade shows, meetings and conferences, as well as breaking news. Coverage also educates viewers on new auto products, repair procedures, business management and auto technology. The Advanstar Automotive Group produces print and electronic information under the following brands: Aftermarket Business, Automotive Body Repair News, Motor Age, Hot Auto Products and Styling & Performance.

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Odyssey Batteries - Technical Breakthroughs and Superior Performance

Bruce Essig explains the technology built into each Odyssey Battery and how this technology gives the power and packaging needed for modern specialty vehicles. Go to http://www.odysseyfactory.com to learn more about Odyssey Batteries.

9 Dec 2008

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SSBC Brakes - Superior Brakes Performance from Daily Drivers On Up

Michael Jonas discusses the features and benefits of SSBCs many product lines of disc brake kits, including its new Force 10 aluminum calipers, boosters and master cylinders, and the all new Big Bite Cross Drilled Rotor program. Go to http://www.ssbrakes.com to learn more about SSBC and its products.

9 Dec 2008

Rank #2

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HD-Wheels New Product Innovations

Henry Gaudens presents an overview of the HD Wheels lineup, covering every category in the aftermarket with aluminum alloy wheels: Tuner, Truck/SUV and Lifted Trucks. Go to http://www.hd-inc.com to learn more about HD Wheels.

9 Dec 2008

Rank #3

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Reaching Out to Troubled Youth - ASA Champions Auto Repair Education Program For At-Risk Teens

Terry Legan, president of non-profit group Auto Mission, was on-hand at the 2008 Automotive Service Association's (ASA) annual convention to explain the group's mission. The non-profit helps reach out to at-risk teenage boys within the Texas prison and court system to help teach them auto-related skills and better their lives. One particular young man is now an engineering student at college and working at AutoZone, says Legan, who adds more than 300 cars have been donated since the group's inception, some which have been passed on to people of need.

9 Dec 2008

Rank #4

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Standard Motor Products: Auto Repair Eating the Cost of Installer

Larry Sills with Standard Motor Products has seen warranty returns increase as a result of vehicle complexity. He estimates more than 50 percent of those returns are the result of installer error. How does the industry deal with that? Most of the time the suppliers eat the cost.

9 Dec 2008

Rank #5

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Emerging Asian Markets Will Affect US Automotive Landscape

Neil De Koker, president and CEO of OESA, expects to see tremendous shifts in how and where cars are manufactured as emerging markets develop in Asia and other continents.

9 Dec 2008

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Auto Repair Shops Face Changes Ahead in Technology, Training and Tooling

George Witt, owner of George Witt Service, sees huge changes taking place in the automotive industry, especially as they pertain to technology, training and tooling. Those who harness the technology will separate themselves from the others, he adds.

9 Dec 2008

Rank #7

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Plasma Cutting Tools: What to Know Before You Buy

Bob Fernicola, Business Manager of Plasma Cutting Equipment for ESAB, explains that most shops will need a 30-40 amp plasma cutter for most of their needs. A machine this size offers convenience and can easily handle the 1/4-inch thick steel shops typically see.

9 Dec 2008

Rank #8

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Consumers Ultimate Auto Repair Fear: Getting Ripped Off in the Repair Bays

Rob Gross with Monro Muffler Brake says customers surveyed by his company are overwhelmingly afraid of one thing – getting ripped off at the service repair bays. His company, therefore, focuses on strong relationships with consumers and making them feel at ease in his shops.

9 Dec 2008

Rank #9

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Gas Prices are Relative - Not as Big an Issue - as Thought by Consumers

David Carracci, GAAS chairman, discusses the need to educate consumers about preventive maintenance. Regularly scheduled tune ups, oil changes, etc. will help offset the concern over rising fuel prices - which he says are not as high as they seem in relative comparison to the economy.

9 Dec 2008

Rank #10